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Keith Johnston with Stephanie O’Connor and Louise O’Connor. Picture: Collins

Keith Johnston with Stephanie O’Connor and Louise O’Connor. Picture: Collins

Keith Johnston with Stephanie O’Connor and Louise O’Connor. Picture: Collins

Murder accused Kieran Greene was visited in prison three times by his girlfriend Louise O'Connor in the months after he is alleged to have killed her mother Patricia, a jury has heard.

Prison records showed over the course of six months in 2017, Mr Greene was visited by Ms O'Connor once on her own and twice with her ex-partner Keith Johnston, both of whom are accused of impeding Mr Greene's prosecution for murder.

The evidence was tendered at the request of the defence when the trial resumed at the Central Criminal Court. Four people are charged over grandmother-of-seven Patricia O'Connor's death.

Mr Greene (34) is accused of murder, while Louise O'Connor (41), Mr Johnston (41) and their daughter Stephanie O'Connor (22) are charged with impeding the investigation. They all deny the charges.

Patricia O'Connor (61), a retired hospital cleaner, was allegedly murdered on May 29, 2017, at her family home in Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham.

Her dismembered remains were found in 15 parts, scattered in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains between June 10 and 14 that year.

She died from blunt force trauma to the head caused by at least three blows from a solid implement.

Stephanie O'Connor is accused of disguising herself as her grandmother after her alleged murder to pretend that she was still alive, while her mother Louise allegedly agreed to this.

Mr Johnston is accused of assisting Mr Greene in buying implements to use in the concealment of Ms O'Connor's remains, and refurbishing the bathroom at the house to destroy or conceal evidence.

Yesterday Walter Burke, a senior manager with the Irish Prison Service, was tendered as a witness by the prosecution, at the request of the defence.

He said a request was made for records of visits to Mr Greene when he was in prison at Cloverhill on remand, covering the period June 17, 2017, to December 7, 2017.

Louise O'Connor was recorded as Mr Greene's girlfriend, visiting on June 17.

On September 2, Mr Johnston was recorded visiting as "friend".

Both Ms O'Connor and Mr Johnston visited on October 14 and again on November 16.

Mr Burke told Michael Bowman SC, for Louise O'Connor, that the records showed his client and Mr Johnston were there with two children when they attended together.

There were no children present when Louise O'Connor or Mr Johnston were there alone.

The only other time children were recorded was on August 26 when three children attended with a party other than Louise O'Connor.

Hours of CCTV footage taken of the outside of the house at Mountain View Park have already been viewed by members of the jury.

Senior investigating officer Inspector Brian O'Keeffe agreed with Garnet Orange, SC, for Stephanie O'Connor, that in relation to footage, "particular consideration" was given to a woman carrying a suitcase, leaving the house at 9.34pm on May 29, 2017.

A number of pieces of footage were sent to an analyst.

"You were trying to see if anything could be garnered from the analysis of the CCTV footage that would indicate who particular persons might be on the footage," Mr Orange said.

Insp O'Keeffe agreed this assessment was only given to the defence after the trial had begun.

The trial continues before the jury and Mr Justice Paul McDermott.

Irish Independent